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The Easy Way To Calculate Attorney / Advocate / Legal Consultant Services Fees


Nov 9, 2020

Maybe it is not uncommon for everyone to use the services of a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant every time they are afraid that the fees to be paid will be too expensive (expensive) or even too cheap (cheap) because they do not know the range / market price of the lawyer.
In this paper, we will discuss the procedures for calculating the costs that must be incurred in using the services of a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant. Basically, there are no Prevailing Laws that regulate in detail the standards for how many lawyers / advocates / legal consultants serve, for that in the end it depends on the agreement between the lawyer / advocate / legal consultant and the client.

Before discussing too deeply about how to calculate it, it is important to know about the types of schemes that are usually offered by Lawyers / Advocates / Legal Consultants, based on the processing time and payment method which are usually divided into 5 (five) payment schemes:

Lump sum

(Payments made to help all legal problems that will be or are being faced by the Client according to the agreed boundaries between the Client and the appointed Lawyer / Advocate / Legal Consultant). Hourly basis / hourly rate (namely the method of payment which is calculated according to how long it takes for an Advocate to handle a case, usually hourly, per day, etc.).

Proportion / Amount won

(Usually an advocate like this handles for clients who do not have the cost to pay for the services of a lawyer / lawyer / legal consultant, so that according to the agreement, they will give a percentage of the amount generated from handling cases that have been resolved properly by the lawyer / Advocates / Legal Consultants. Apart from that, usually this type of payment is made by a small number of Lawyers / Advocates / Legal Consultants, because like it or not, in handling it, they must pay for all forms of operations they issue themselves).

Permanent Clients / Retainers

(this mechanism is widely used by companies where the use of legal services uses a regular payment system, usually for a period of one year or more, in which case the Company gets advice or input regarding policies that will or It has been taken in relation to the legal perspective that will be generated. However, it is not uncommon for the office of a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant to only provide advice services, for handling in the field they usually provide rates outside of the retainer’s services that have been paid, although the price is much cheaper than those who do not Retainers. However, there are those who use retainer services not only limited to advice, but also in handling problems in the field. Of course, the nominal amount of the contract is higher (expensive) than ordinary retainers).

Legal Aid Institute

Legal Aid Institute provides assistance free of charge, of course for those who have a below average economy with various requirements that must be met. Usually one of the requirements that must be met is a certificate of incapacity from the Village Head or District). In most cases, Legal Aid Institute does not stand alone, it is not uncommon in running their organizations to be supported or get assistance from both the Government and Donor Agencies that are associated with organizations that are concerned with Assistance to the Poor or Poor).

In addition, if viewed the payment classification can be divided into 3 (three) parts, including:

Lawyer fee (Usually a professional attorney / advocate / legal consultant fee, the payment is made in advance, or at the time of signing a power of attorney or legal service agreement).
Operational fee (Operational fee is usually paid every time it is handled by a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant, both outside and inside the court or at other agencies if needed).
Success fee (is the cost incurred if the Lawyer / Advocate / Legal Consultant has completed properly as expected by the client)

Furthermore, to calculate how much it is reasonable to pay for the services of a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant, at least one has to look at several things which are factors that can affect the high or low rates of a lawyer, including:

Rating / Name & Flying Hours of Attorney

Rating or the name of a lawyer, of course, is what really determines the rate of an attorney / advocate / legal consultant, the more a person has a Rating and Name, the more expensive the rate for a lawyer, usually the price is directly proportional to the rating and name of a lawyer. For example, for a new Lawyer / Advocate / Legal Consultant office with a Lawyer / Advocate / Legal Consultant office that has been handling various cases for a long time, of course the rates will differ between the two. So don’t be surprised if there is a Lawyer / Advocate / Legal Consultant office whose rates are beyond our common sense, because it is not impossible that he has a pretty good qualification and rating in solving cases faced by his clients.

Case complexity

Each Lawyer / Advocate / Legal Consultant office will charge a fee according to the complexity and need for handling a case. The more complicated and requires extra handling, of course it will affect the rates that will be given by a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant. An example is a case that is not only criminal in nature, but also intersects with or contains elements of civil or even state administration. This will certainly affect the extra handling, considering that a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant will seek it not only in one institution, but at other institutions with regard to the legal problems at hand.

Lawyer Position and Residence

The place of residence and position of a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant is one of the considerations of whether or not the attorney / advocate / legal consultant tariff is expensive. For example, a lawyer is domiciled in Jakarta, but he has to settle a case in the Sumatra area, so of course he will need extra funds, at least for transportation or operational costs that require him to come to settle his case in Sumatra, for example. In addition, distance is also related to the personnel that must be issued by a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant, so that usually a lawyer will charge more if he has to deal with matters that are quite a distance from the position and residence of the lawyer / advocate / legal consultant.

Client Economy

Of course, an attorney / advocate / legal consultant will not deny the economic capacity of the client. Not a few lawyers / advocates / legal consultants give below average rates or even for free just because they want to help solve problems faced by someone who is unable or whose economic level is below average. However, it is not uncommon for Lawyers / Advocates / Legal Consultants to provide fantastic rates for those with above average economic levels, for example, according to the level of complexity of the problems they face.

Specialties Attorneys

Similar to a doctor, a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant who is in a certain field and who is an expert in their field will find it easier to complete in the field they are engaged in. The more specialist a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant is, the more expensive the tariff will be, of course, for the appropriate field or his specialty. For example, a lawyer / advocate / legal consultant who is engaged in matters related to election, of course he will charge a different or quite high rate when compared to lawyers / advocates / legal consultants who usually handle civil matters, for example.